It’s not if – it’s how you can do something that gets you to the finish line.
Whether you are trying something new, starting a workout but have limitations, or simply need to do things differently, you need first to figure out what works for you.
When you have limitations, you need to find a way to accommodate them. Sure, it means you can’t do it the exact same as you are being shown how, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t do it.
I’m left-handed. I learned early on that I do things differently than many people. Some things take a few extra minutes to figure out, as I am usually being shown by someone using their right hand.
I remember attending an art class and the teacher coming to view my work. She stood there a few minutes and then laughed. That didn’t do much for my confidence in the moment, but then she said something that stuck with me. She said, ‘You are my first left-handed person who actually reversed the picture, what a great accomplishment.’
It turns out she had painted her fish swimming from right to left, and I had painted mine from left to right. All I did was paint in the most comfortable flow for my hand. I didn’t even realize that I had reversed the image; I just painted what my mind saw. The picture was the same, yet different. It was still a picture of fish swimming.
Most people try and do precisely what they are told they need to. This can’t always work. You need to find a way that works for you. Don’t be afraid to learn a new way, a way that will make it easier so that you don’t struggle as much. This doesn’t mean there isn’t a struggle. It means that the effort doesn’t have to be as hard as you perceive it to be.
Exercise routines are another excellent example. Sometimes, physical limitations are preventing you from doing the routine. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exercise. It just means that you need to figure out a different way to accommodate your limitation.
For any goal you have, if you need to make an accommodation so you can keep going, do it. Remember, it’s not if – it’s how.
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